Category Archives: United Kingdom

London is Full of Pride!

It was clear from the beginning that London Pride would be a different experience than most of the Prides we’ve documented so far in the ‘Walk with Pride’ Project.  Thousands of people are expected to participate in the Pride, with several hundred of thousands more coming to watch.

We arrived 3 hours early and the preparations were already in full swing.  Buses lined Baker Street, and the work of ‘glamming’ them had started.  People walked around in crazy outfits, free to wear how much or how little they’d like.  While London Pride does have a big festive party atmosphere feel, there is another side that concerns rights and social issues.  There were many organizations present supporting different social projects, and groups raising awareness concerning the troubles face by LGBT communities in Africa and the Middle East.  Chad’s photos fro this Pride try to show this contrast, as he switches between portraits of those in costume, and those promoting social issues.  It’s something a little different, but we hope you Enjoy …!

London Pride Queen
Http://wwpbehindthephotos.wordpress.com
(Pride London)

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Going to London Pride

Leaving Sofia, Bulgaria, we’ve headed to the United Kingdom, so that on Saturday we can attend Pride London.  This Pride is a little different from some of the others we’ve documented as it is so huge.  Last year’s Pride march had 1 million people attending.

While for the smaller Prides we usually spend the week before a Pride getting to know the organizers and documenting the preparations, for this parade we’ve gotten a little beak.  So the past few days we’ve been visiting a friend who lives in Wales.  After documenting 11 prides so far this year, it’s been more than nice to get a few days break.

Doing this project we’ve experienced all kinds of Prides, from  marches just starting out and fighting to be able to publicly share their pride, to those that have become big festive parades.  As you can guess, London Pride is the latter.  While it is easy to sensationalize Prides like this, as outrageous customs are very much the norm, our plan is to focus on portraits.  Doing this, our desire is to keep attention on individuals.  We just hope it doesn’t rain!

For more information on London Pride: http://www.pridelondon.org/

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in the UK

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in the UK

UK LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? Yes

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? Yes

◊   Joint and stepchild adoption since 2005 (England and Wales), 2009 (Scotland)

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes

Anti-discrimination Laws? Yes

◊   Discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal in housing, employment and the provision of goods and servicesLegislature

Concerning Gender Identity? Yes

The Gender Recognition Act also gave transsexuals the right to change their legal gender.

Cultural Points of Interest:

London hosted Europride 2006, and is planned to host Worldpride 2012.

Websites:

Gay Pride UK – a site that provides in-depth information on pride events happening in the UK.
http://www.gay-pride.org.uk

Pink Paper – an excellent source of news, entertainment, health, jobs and general information for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.
http://news.pinkpaper.com/

LGBT History Month – resource that describes the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain and Northern Ireland.
http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

Pride London – official site for the annual Pride London festival, two weeks of theatre, music, debate, art and entertainment to raise awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of LGBT people around the world.
http://www.pridelondon.org